'Jesus Wouldn't be Riding a Donkey'

Minnie Murray
May 30, 2018

In a video posted to YouTube, television preacher Duplantis asked the Lord - and his hundreds of thousands of followers around the world - to fund a new Falcon 7X private jet.

Jesse Duplantis has owned three private jets throughout his life and says he is "burning them up for the Lord" and needs a new one.

Duplantis explains his reasoning for wanting to purchase the new jet. Duplantis and his wife also founded the Covenant Church in Destrehan, Louisiana, in 1997.

He has defended his use of private planes in the past in what the Washington Post called a "widely mocked" video in which he and another preacher said, among other things, that you can't speak openly to God on a commercial airliner.

"I want you to believe in me for a Falcon 7X", Duplantis said, according to the Times-Picayune. "He'd be in an airplane flying all over the world".

God instructed Duplantis to "preach the Gospel to every creature", he explained.

In 2015, televangelist Creflo Dollar was widely mocked for starting "Project G650", a means of getting a state-of-the-art Gulfstream G650 plane of his own, financed by his 200,000 followers.

Duplantis is not the only televangelist who has asked for donations to cover the costs of a private jet-and who vehemently defend the concept. "This is why the prosperity gospel is no gospel".

Duplantis is the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries, which includes a weekly television program that reached 106 million US households, according to his Amazon author biography.

"Now some people believe that preachers shouldn't have jets". However, he believes in using "every outlet".

He goes on to show a picture of the fictional star ship "Enterprise" from the series "Star Trek", joking that he plans to be in one someday.

"You can't manage that today", Copeland said, according to USA Today.

"I really believe that if Jesus was physically on Earth today, he wouldn't be riding a donkey", Duplantis said. This dope-filled world - and get in a long tube with a bunch of demons.

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